We are Allen & Kimberly Keiter, owners of 4 Corners Ranch. We originate from PA (Allen) and OH (Kimberly) and moved to east TN in 2010 because of it's beautiful scenery and temperate seasons. We started raising Longhorn Beef in 2014 with the primary goal of offering a naturally lean, healthier alternative to traditional beef products. Allen brings his years on the family farm experience to the table, while Kimberly's background is in the communications & business management. Our two sons, Sean & Joey, are city boys turned cowboys and they are involved in all aspects of the business, including the Farmers' Markets and herd/property management at the ranch. And what ranch is complete without Gramma? Kimberly’s mother, Mrs. Shell, is the friendly voice on the phone calls to the ranch. Summer of 2016 introduced Kaity to the 4 Corners experience. She has become one of the family and brings an artistic touch to our finished skulls, as well as aids at the Markets, animal management and cooks a mean steak fajita!
We chose the Texas Longhorn for its superior meat product and the ability to to diversify. We offer our delicious, naturally-lean, solely pastured beef and we acquire and raise Registered genetics. Longhorns are an easy cattle breed to pasture, as they eat a broader spectrum of plant life than commercial breeds. Because of it's natural leanness, there is little trimming necessary during the process, and the net cooked weight is higher than traditional beef. Longhorns are also naturally disease resistant and calve easier than other breeds, with little to no human intervention required. The high demand of grass-fed & finished beef caught us unprepared and we have worked diligently the last few years developing relationships with other breeders of this fine cattle breed to bring the very best finished product to your dinner table.In 2018, we are proud to offer only pure pedigree longhorns for our beef production and production herd building.
Why the longhorn breed?
We were intrigued by this breed due to many aspects, all of which are described perfectly by an article produced by G & G Longhorns and detailed here:
"Between 1493 and the mid-nineteenth century, feral Longhorns flourished in the Americas, using natural selection principles to develop hardiness, disease resistance, ease of calving, strong mothering instincts, and other traits vital to their survival. What evolved was an animal which could survive in harsh environments, one which had sound legs and could walk miles to water, to breed, and to utilize available forage, and one which could also produce and raise a live healthy calf year after year. The evolutionary process, in which only the fittest could contribute to the gene pool, also produced a body commensurate with the availability of food, gave them hard hooves and lethal horns with which to protect themselves and their young, and provided them with a hardy immune system which made them largely resistant to disease. Furthermore, the cows developed excellent udders in order to be able to successfully feed their young in a harsh land of generally poor forage, and the bulls developed tight sheaths in order to avoid injury in the thick scrub they frequented.cope type "
Additionally the breed is colorful and varied, with no two alike! This adds a majesty and variety to our pastures.
Recognized as a Pick Tennessee Products Longhorn Beef Producer
"For every beast in the forest is mine and the cattle upon a thousand hills." Psalm 50:10